TOURISM has been much in the news lately and for a variety of reasons. Right now we are in the middle of the ski season during which time hundreds of thousands of people pass through town, some of them staying, some of them not, which is perhaps the nub of the issue. These tourists and others bring dollars by the million and the tourism industry far outstrips all other industries locally.
In recognition of this the council has commissioned some logos, artwork and slogans as part of a branding exercise to give the place a greater identity and enhance its attractiveness as a place to stop. These logos are on display for public comment, and there has been plenty of that through the pages of the Express.
Now, the Lions Club of Cooma has developed a plan to deleop Lions Park, at the junction of Mittagang Road and Yallakool Road, into a giant fun park. Under this plan, which has the in-principle support of the council, there will be many added attractions and facilities that will not only cater to locals, but be designed to attract visitors.
It is an ambitious and bold plan – and there is nothing wrong with that. It takes people of vision and dedication to get projects like this up and running, with the drive and energy to get it started and see it through, free (hopefully) of council red tape. (Councillor Roger Norton conceded this week that council moved slowly, with a steady-as-she-goes attitude). Lions deserves the support of the community for its foresight in providing facilities that will enhance the leisure time of local residents, at no cost to them.